Palestine: 1 Palestinian succumbs to wounds from Al-Aqsa clashes

28th Jul 2017
Palestine: 1 Palestinian succumbs to wounds from Al-Aqsa clashes

By Aness Suheil Barghoti, Kaamil Ahmed and Enes Canli

JERUSALEM (AA):- One Palestinian on Thursday succumbed to injuries received earlier this week in clashes with Israeli forces around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestine’s Health Ministry announced.

The death added to the casualties around the holy site, as three Palestinians were killed last Friday protesting the measures around the holy site. Three Israelis were also killed in an attack in a settlement in the West Bank.

According to healthcare workers, some 126 Palestinians were also injured on Thursday when Palestinians returned to the mosque to worship, after Israel removed metal detectors.

The injured including 40 injured by rubber bullets, 86 suffering from tear gas inhalation, and at least 15 fractures, the Palestinian Red Crescent told Anadolu Agency. Some 21 were transferred to hospitals in Jerusalem, it added.

Muslims’ celebratory return to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque turned sour Thursday afternoon when clashes abruptly broke out between Israeli forces and young Palestinians.

The Palestinians, jubilant to return after nearly two weeks of protesting new Israeli security measures, entered through the Bab Hutta gate to the holy site, but those already inside began throwing stones after they heard the sound of stun grenades from the pathway up to the gate.

Despite the mosque loudspeakers urging people to retreat and pray, many continued clashing with Israeli forces, a dozen of whom advanced into the compound to disperse the crowds.

At one point Israeli forces forced everyone into the mosque, throwing stun grenades in as people tried to close the door, an Anadolu Agency reporter saw at the scene.

  • Old City gates closed

Israeli police also closed Jerusalem’s Old City gates and prevented Palestinians from entering, Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, told Anadolu Agency.

“The police deployed dozens of Israeli officers at the gates, closed down the holy compound, and prevented Palestinians from praying at the mosque,” he added.

Meanwhile, thousands joined a congregational prayer led by the mosque’s clergy, who had been carried in on the shoulders of the celebrating crowds.

The return followed Israel agreeing to remove controversial metal detectors, installed after a deadly July 14 shootout at the holy site. Palestinians refused to accept the new security measures, calling them part of Israeli efforts to control Al-Aqsa.

The city of Jerusalem is sacred to members of all three Abrahamic faiths — Muslims, Jews and Christians — and the Al-Aqsa Mosque represents the Islamic world’s third-holiest site.

[Photo: Israeli forces use tear gasses as they intervene in Palestinian worshippers inside the Al Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures near the entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque Compund in Jerusalem, on July 27, 2017. Photographer: Mahmoud İbrahem/AA]

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